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Present and future of synthetic cell development

nature reviews molecular cell biology – Volume 25 Issue 3, March 2024 –
Cover design: Vicky Summersby.

The journal Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology interviewed a group of experts in synthetic cell research to shed light on this narrow but promising field for our society. The questions focused on the definition of a synthetic cell, potential applications and the advantages of synthetic cell-based technologies over bioengineered cells, i.e. reprogrammed existing living cells.

The researchers interviewed

  • Katarzyna (Kate) P. Adamala
    Department of Genetics, Cellular Biology, and Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Marileen Dogterom
    Department of Bionanoscience, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
  • Masahiro Takinoue
    Department of Computer Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan
    Living Systems Materialogy (LiSM) Research Group, International Research Frontiers Initiative, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan
  • Petra Schwille
    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
  • T-Y Dora Tang
    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics, Dresden, Germany
    Synthetic Biology, Department of Biology, University of Saarland, Saarbrucken, Germany
  • Yuval Elani
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK
    FabriCELL, Imperial College London, Molecular Sciences Research Hub, London, UK

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